Are you looking for a work at home job but frustrated that you just can’t seem to find one? One of the things I hear the most is, “there are just no work at home jobs out there”.
As someone who has worked from home for almost 13 years now, I can tell you there absolutely are work at home jobs out there and most of them are fabulous!
The first thing you have to do, though, is change your thinking. Finding a work at home job is not like finding a regular job in an office. The technique is different. I’m convinced there is a work at home job option for everyone who wants one. It just takes a bit of creativity and a lot of hard work.
Can’t find a work at home job?
If you are having trouble finding a work at home job or finding one that pays well enough to make it worth your time, you are probably making one of these common mistakes. If you haven’t worked from home before, you may not be considering these things in your job hunt. Once you learn a bit more about the work at home jobs that are available and how you can snag them, you’ll be able to find the perfect work at home job for you.
Here are the top seven reasons why you may be struggling:
You are overlooking jobs too quickly?
Not every job looks ideal when you first come across it. Be careful not to discount a job that may fit your needs.
Working from home has it’s own kind of perks and there are definitely things I’m willing to give up in a job in order to work at home and keep a flexible schedule. I would never work a sales job in an office, it just isn’t my thing, but I love doing sales from home (check out my LipSense group and see how it has taken off for me).
Before you discount a job, consider all the factors.
- Does it give you the flexibility you want?
- Will it provide the income you need?
- Is there room to grow with the job?
Working from home, you also have to consider that you won’t necessarily be paying for childcare, meals out, or as extensive of a work wardrobe. You can
You may be surprised that a job may be a fit for you once you look at it a bit closer.
Your Skills Aren’t specialized enough
Companies that hire home-based workers do so because they can’t get the job done with their current staff. Having a specialized skill makes it so much easier to find a work at home job. That being said, if you don’t have a specialized skill (or think you do) don’t give up yet. There are plenty of ways to gain specialized skills. You may have some skills you haven’t thought of before that you can refine and market to businesses.
- Are you a great people-person? There are some amazing customer service jobs from home, both for phone-based customer service, email customer service, or chat customer service.
- Are you a great writer? There are lots of jobs out there for freelance writers, proofreaders, and copywriters. Check out Freelance Writing Gigs, People Per Hour, or Pro Blogger. If you want to work for yourself, consider becoming a freelance writer, marketing consultant, or starting a blog.
- Are you good with technology and computers? Many technology jobs can easily be done from home. Look for jobs as a programer, tech support, website design, graphic design, and more.
If you don’t have the specialized skills you need to work from home, consider taking a class, studying a
You aren’t looking in the right places.
Looking for a work at home job is a bit different than finding a regular job. While you can find some work at home jobs on places like Indeed (search for home-based or telecommute), you’ll have better luck searching for jobs with companies that are known for hiring home-based workers or by getting creative and starting your own business.
There are some great companies out there that routinely hire home-based workers and have some great jobs available. We’ve done the research for you and put together a great list of where to find work at home jobs here.
Your social media accounts aren’t professional
If you are applying for a work at home job or trying to launch a home-based business, the way you present yourself on social media is so important. Companies and customers are going to be checking out your accounts, whether you use them for business or not, to make sure you are someone they want to do business with. Do a quick audit of your accounts and make sure everything on their portrays the image that you want. If there’s anything you are on the fence about, delete it. Make sure your social media accounts make you look mature, responsible, and employable.
First impressions are everything. Be sure your accounts are highlighting your strengths, even if you aren’t posting anything about your work at home job hunt. If you are a writer, make sure your posts show that you can write coherently without any grammar or spelling mistakes. If you are a marketer, make sure you are marketing yourself with every post that you make? Whatever your field, use your social media accounts to your benefit instead of having them work against you.
You aren’t thinking outside the box
Being a work at home mom requires a little creativity — there’s no getting around that. No matter what you want to do, you’ll have to function a bit differently than you would if you were working in an office setting. Many jobs can be transitioned to a work at home job if you are a bit creative. I knew of one mom who worked in corporate sales and wanted to work from home. Her boss was concerned that she wouldn’t be connected to the team unless she was in the office. She researched options and pitched a free video conferencing program to her boss that would let her stay connected to her team, no matter where she was working from, and was able to transition her job into a work at home career.
If you are willing to start your own business, the options for work at home jobs are endless, but it does require some definitely “outside the box” thinking. Think about the things that you are good at or enjoy doing. Decide how you can monetize and scale it and you have a work at home job that will likely pay more than your old career did.
Get creative. Look at the big picture. You may be surprised at what you can come up with.
You aren’t pitching yourself well
Far too many job searches come from a place of desperation. That doesn’t help you sell yourself. If you are currently employed and want to work from home, don’t focus on your needs when pitching your desire to work from home to your boss. Focus on how you working from home would benefit the company. While we like to think that most boss’s have your best interest at heart, the reality is, they have to look for options that help the company succeed. If you worked from home would you be able to be more productive because you didn’t have the distractions of the office? Could cutting out your commuting time allow you more time to catch up on products? Look for ways you working from home will benefit your job performance.
This same principle applies to home businesses. If you work in sales or are trying to find clients, you have to be able to pitch yourself well. Focus on your successes and share those. Emphasize the positive rather than the negative. This sounds so obvious but I can’t tell you how many moms I’ve seen try and start a direct sales business that come to me practically begging me to buy their product because they need to earn money. While I’m always happy to support a friend, I’m more excited about buying something that someone comes to me and tell me how amazing it is and shares the positive impact it has had on their life rather than begging me to purchase because they need to pay their power bill.
You aren’t networking
You may have been able to get away without doing much networking when you found your last job but when looking for a work at home job, networking is essential. Most work at home jobs never get posted in standard job search engines and the ones that do get listed publicly are filled fast. Make sure your family, friends, and professional network knows you are looking for a work at home job.
Attend local events to meet people who may be hiring. Join professional groups on Facebook or LinkedIn. Connect with your old contacts and see if they have heard of any job openings. Not every work at home job is advertised as a home-based job. If you find a job that you are a great fit for, you can pitch it as a work at home job once you get in the door and start interviewing. They may move on to another candidate or they may be so sold on you that they are open to the job being home-based.
Join our FB group for Busy Work at Home Moms to network with other moms who are working from home or looking for a work at home job.